Alan Itakura

I was raised in the suburbs of Los Angeles, and attended Imperial College London for my undergraduate in Biology. There I did a summer internship at the John Innes Centre in Norwich and developed my interest in plants. I then spent 2 years in Saudi Arabia at KAUST, where I worked with Timothy Ravasi analyzing large transcriptomics datasets for my masters thesis.

I am now a 1st year Biology PhD student and have just joined the Jonikas lab, and am actively defining my project.

I love travelling, outside adventures and eating tasty food (Vietnamese is my current favorite). My current goal is to improve my rock climbing abilities!